Golden Hawks OFSAA bound

The Chatham-Kent Secondary School girls’ hockey team is off to the provincial championships later this month. Back row, from left, Ian Kennedy (head coach), Camille Blain, Alison Stephens, Jocelyn Maryschak, Sophie Maine, Reese Parks, Megan Hakr, Bailey Stewart, Emma Doom, Hailey Johnson, Carly Belanger, Todd Wood (Assistant Coach), and Stephanie Kennedy (Assistant Coach). Front row, from left, Mikayla Demaiter, Brook-Lyn Phelan, Hunter Gagner, Payton Sabourin, Ryanne Logan, Maia Collins, Marandee Hunter, Brenna Oliphant.

Last year, it was heartbreak. A 1-0 loss in the SWOSSAA final against Villanova in a five-overtime game.

This year, the CKSS Golden Hawks got their redemption, defeating Villanova 2-1 in the SWOSSAA final, to earn the school’s first OFSAA hockey entry in a decade.

“We were so close last year, which just made us want it so much more this year,” said CKSS captain Payton Sabourin following the win. “It doesn’t feel real, such an amazing feeling.”

CKSS and Villanova played to a scoreless first period.

With less than two minutes to go in the second period, Payton Sabourin scored, with Emma Doom and Reese Parks assisting.

Villanova would tie things up in the third period, but CKSS would fight back.

Bailey Stewart grabbed a puck and slid it home with 4:58 remaining, with Camille Blain and Sabourin assisting, to secure the win.

“This is an incredible win for our team,” said CKSS head coach Ian Kennedy. “Since the puck crossed the goal line, and we lost SWOSSAA last year, these young women haven’t thought of anything else. They wanted redemption, and they got it.”

The OFSAA ‘AAA’ girls hockey championships will be held from March 21-23 in Cambridge.


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